Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Orléans France
In Orléans, the summers are warm and partly cloudy and the winters are very cold, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 34°F to 78°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 88°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Orléans for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
Climate in Orléans
Average Temperature in Orléans
The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 12 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 78°F and low of 57°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from November 17 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is February 8, with an average low of 34°F and high of 45°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Orléans
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in Orléans
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In Orléans, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Orléans begins around May 12 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around October 11. On July 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 64% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 36% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 11 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around May 12. On December 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 75% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 25% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Orléans
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Orléans varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 9.3 months, from September 19 to June 29, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on December 30.
The drier season lasts 2.7 months, from June 29 to September 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on August 25.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 30% on May 8.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Orléans
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Orléans experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Orléans. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 10, with an average total accumulation of 1.9 inches.
The least rain falls around March 7, with an average total accumulation of 1.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Orléans
The length of the day in Orléans varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 23 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 2 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Orléans
The earliest sunrise is at 5:52 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 49 minutes later at 8:41 AM on January 1. The earliest sunset is at 4:59 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 56 minutes later at 9:55 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Orléans during 2021, starting in the spring on March 28, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 31.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Orléans
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Orléans
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level in Orléans, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 2% of 2% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Orléans
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Orléans experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from October 14 to April 23, with average wind speeds of more than 9.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.7 months, from April 23 to October 14. The calmest day of the year is August 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Orléans
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Orléans varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 2.4 months, from January 31 to April 12 and for 5.0 months, from May 2 to October 1, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 6. The wind is most often from the north for 2.9 weeks, from April 12 to May 2, with a peak percentage of 31% on April 21. The wind is most often from the south for 4.0 months, from October 1 to January 31, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Orléans
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Orléans throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Orléans for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the third week of July.
Tourism Score in Orléans
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Orléans for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
Beach/Pool Score in Orléans
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Orléans typically lasts for 6.9 months (211 days), from around April 9 to around November 7, rarely starting before March 18 or after April 28, and rarely ending before October 15 or after December 5.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Orléans
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Orléans should appear around April 8, only rarely appearing before March 23 or after April 25.
Growing Degree Days in Orléans
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 8 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 3, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from October 28 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 27, with an average of 0.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Orléans
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Orléans are 47.903 deg latitude, 1.904 deg longitude, and 377 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Orléans contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 138 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 342 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (253 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,181 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Orléans is covered by artificial surfaces (90%), within 10 miles by cropland (50%) and trees (30%), and within 50 miles by cropland (63%) and trees (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Orléans, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Orléans.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Orléans according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Orléans is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Orléans and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Bricy (LFOJ, 84%, 14 kilometers, northwest); Romorantin-Pruniers (LFYR, 8%, 67 kilometers, south); Melun-Villaroche (LFPM, 4.8%, 97 kilometers, northeast); and Auxerre-Branches (LFLA, 3.5%, 119 kilometers, east).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.